BC Wood is busy building our new 2020 GBM virtual platform and registration system.

Some of the exciting benefits in our virtual world include:
  • Direct contact and live meetings with pre-qualified international buyers 
  • Fully searchable attendee and buyer listings
  • Excellent analytics
What is it going to look like??

  • The same floorplan as last year – and YES, you can have your returning booth space
  • Interactive booth with space for product or company videos/brochures/information/product displays and links to your website and social media, as well as “Live zoom meetings” direct from your booth space during show hours (can also be pre-scheduled with interpreter, or live drop-in style) This is the one truly important and productive feature the GBM has always offered - direct access, face-to-face with vetted international buyers - and this virtual program will continue to do so.
  • More international buyers visiting GBM site since there will be no visa issues or travel costs
  • Buyer/specifier access to tradeshow floor and company content two weeks prior, so buyers and Mission Leaders can pre-set meetings during the live event, plus available to browse two months post-live event, with anytime messaging feature

If you have any questions regarding your participation this year, please email or call Randi direct at 604-309-6683.
B.C. Mass Timber Demonstration Program Call for
Expressions of Interest
Forestry Innovation Investment
Around the world, mass timber buildings are increasing in size, height and complexity. Advancements in wood products and construction are helping build more resilient, climate-smart communities in British Columbia and Canada. B.C. has a unique opportunity to leverage its competitive advantages—trees and timber expertise.

The Province of British Columbia, through Forestry Innovation Investment, will invest $3 million to accelerate the use of mass timber in B.C., and to support jobs and employment recovery in the design, engineering, construction, and product manufacturing sectors.
Wood First
Save the Date! February 19, 2021
Future of Prefabrication Symposium - Virtual
Jason Chiu |
Prefabrication in mass timber buildings is fast becoming a reality and through digital design and manufacturing processes, is bringing forth a disruptive effect on the building industry. In order to maintain BC’s lead in innovation in wood and to promote value added processes within the province, it is timely for BC to lead a symposium on the state-of-the-art in Wood Prefabricated Buildings. This symposium is held jointly by University of British Columbia in collaboration with British Columbia Institute of Technology and University of Northern BC.
The symposium will focus on aspirational outcomes for prefabrication, bringing together architects, engineers and fabricators who are interested in the potentials for their disciplines using prefabrication in wood. The future of design in prefabricated building necessitates the integration of disciplines and thus the symposium will focus on multiple viewpoints of the same projects. The conference will be focused around three key themes;(1) Architectural innovation (2) Structural engineering considerations, and (3) integrated manufacturing processes and technologies. As such, the event will appeal to architects, engineers, manufacturers and building professionals seeking more information on prefabrication that will enable them to fully participate in the growing market for prefabricated mass timber, tall wood, passive house and large multi-family wood structures.

Registration opens in December.

To be placed on the priority registration list and for more information email
UBC - Industrial Wood Finishing Certificate Course
A Unique Industry Training Program

Part-time online training program with a one-week hands-on practical session.

North America’s most comprehensive wood finishing certificate program.

This program provides participants with a broad understanding of the field of wood finishing. It's designed for individuals who have some general experience in wood finishing and would like to expand their knowledge.

Once completed, participants will have the knowledge and experience to do the following:
  • Understand why finish is applied to wood and how wood properties affect finishing
  • Identify the best finishing system based on the end use
  • Trouble-shoot wood finishing problems
  • Design a safe and efficient finishing facility

This course will provide you with the knowledge and tools to start a finishing business or to improve an existing one.
Starts January 4, 2021– April 9, 2021
One week intensive practical – April 5-9, 2021
BC Wood Program Updates
BC Wood Announces 2nd Cohort Export Readiness Training Program Webinar on November 19, 2020 - 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Brian Hawrysh |
With in-person visits and tradeshows for promoting your products at a minimum, it is more important than ever to find ways to grow your sales. If you are interested in how to profitably increase export sales and diversify markets for your value-added wood products, you should join us on November 19th for the first session of our second cohort. Following modules occur at two-week intervals and will be completed on March 25th, 2021.

The Export Readiness Training Program is an in-depth webinar based 9-module program developed specifically for Canada’s wood products industry that will guide participants through the complete process of exporting. At just $29 per session or $180 for all 9, this is a minor investment with a possibility of major return!
IBSx - February 9-12, 2021
Dave Farley |
A few comments, suggestions, and ideas…

As we all try to navigate our way through the new ways we conduct business, we find yet another trade event that is going virtual. It took a long while, but the International Builders Show (IBS 2021) has finally announced that the event originally scheduled February 9 -12 in Orlando is to be held completely online. The event's snappy new title is IBS X and show organizers are expecting an online crowd of over 60,000 attendees and 750+ virtual exhibitors if all goes to plan.

BC Wood has been a long-term participant at IBS going back to 2001, and the event has a proven track record of producing strong sales opportunities for our Industry. As such, we are seriously considering participating at this years virtual event with a BC Wood pavilion, where participants will be able to meet with architects, builders and decision makers from across North America and the Caribbean and according to show organizers, regions as far flung as South America and Japan. We are still working through the details of the virtual event, but here is a short promo video produced by the National Association of Home Builders. More information will be forth coming as we refine our participation at IBS X.

If the event is of interest to your company we would very much like to hear from you. As always, you can reach me at or on my cell at 604-728-8786.
Japan Home and Building Show 2020
Jim Ivanoff |
As Japan has so far weathered COVID-19 better than most countries, almost all restrictions on business activities have been lifted and even trade shows are being held. The BC Wood Japan office recently took part in the hybrid Bamboo Expo, which was online one day and then in-person on the second day. That was our first show this fiscal year, but last week we took part in the industry leading Japan Home and Building Show at Tokyo’s Big Sight.

As Big Sight’s main East Halls are still closed for the Olympics, this year’s show was held in the new but much smaller South Halls. This restricted the number of potential exhibitors regardless of COVID. However, the corona virus of course had a big impact on the show as the organizers took a variety of precautions to protect all attendees. This included limiting the number of visitors in the halls, requiring temperature checks and masks, as well as requiring all entrants into the halls to register their information for potential contact tracing. The number of COVID cases had been decreasing through the fall, but unfortunately infections started rising just the week prior and rapidly increased during the week of the show. All of this led to a large drop in the number of visitors from 40,644 in 2019 to 22,056 this time. While somewhat disappointing, just being able to hold an important trade show like this and have over 20,000 people show up was a triumph.
Buildings Week November 30 - December 4, 2020
Ken Hori |
The Buildings Show and BUILDEX Alberta are coming together to provide a national platform that virtually connects more than 70,000 design, construction and real estate professionals across Canada at Buildings Week. The Buildings Week platform will be available to all exhibitors and attendees until June 2021.

What Buildings Week can do for you:
  • Reach specific audiences in high numbers in three major Canadian markets (BC, Alberta, and Ontario). Database of over 70,000 companies
  • Generate leads with AI to assist both exhibitor and attendee with sales matches (“recommended for you” products and attendees)
  • Drive serious buyers and decision-makers directly to your website
  • Track ROI and access all actions online with real-time data analytics
  • Allows you – for the first time ever- to see the full attendee list prior to the show, and schedule meetings a week in advance of the actual event w/ desirables
The 2021 BAU Fair Goes Virtual – January 13th -15th, 2021
Brian Hawrysh |
The organizers of the BAU Fair just last week announced their decision to shift their tradeshow to a virtual platform. In keeping with these new realities, BC Wood is working to create an opportunity for its’ members to promote their products and services to European buyers at the new virtual BAU fair in a safe and secure manner. 

The BAU fair, the largest and best-known building products show in Europe has long been an important market development event in BC Wood’s calendar. The high-end European markets for log and timber frame homes, as well as high-quality finished building materials such as decking, siding, roofing, flooring and millwork, continue to be in strong demand. In addition, specialty Western Red Cedar, Douglas-Fir and Hemlock lumber are also highly sought after by manufacturers in Western European markets.
2021 WRLA Showcase
Brian Hawrysh |
WRLA Building & Hardware Showcase is Western Canada’s leading lumber and building materials show. Rather than an in-person event, WRLA’s publication, Yardstick, and app will provide a new platform to engage vendor and dealer connections, offer education opportunities, and build industry awareness in an effective and efficient way. WRLA recognizes that the in-person event is important to industry’s business development and these alternatives will allow everyone to still collaborate, network and showcase innovation to the industry.

BC Wood will be providing cost-sharing opportunities for BC industry to actively participate through their on-line publication and complementary app.
Industry News
Road Trip to Mountain View Specialty Products
Dakeryn Industries Ltd.

Brad Taylor and Paul Harder travel to Abbotsford, BC for a cutting edge look at Dakeryn's recently expanded wood remanufacturing plant.
The Alphabet of British Columbian Forests
Jim Ivanoff |
A Canadian born and raised in Japan, Saya Hatton is a graduate of the International School of the Sacred Heart in Tokyo, and has recently earned a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of British Columbia. During one of her summer breaks, she interned at BC Wood’s Tokyo office where she learned about the value-added industry. Her passion for the environment and her love of art inspired her to use her time during the COVID-19 quarantine to produce The Alphabet of British Columbian Forests. Learn the alphabet with forester Silvie while getting to know the flora and fauna you may encounter in the expansive forests of British Columbia. This picture book features large-font alphabet letters to encourage their familiarity to young readers. Older readers can also benefit from this picture book by paying attention to finer details that may inform you more on species identification and habitats.
Supplier Connection: How to Start Selling on Wayfair - November 17, 12-1pm EST

This webinar will interest all Canadian manufacturers of the various Wayfair product categories: Furniture, Lighting Fixtures, Décor, Bedding, Mattresses and More!
BCIT Mass Timber Housing Project to Pay Homage to Indigenous Culture
Grant Cameron, ConstructCanada

A new mass timber student housing project that is set to rise at the Burnaby campus of the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) will be specially designed to reflect Indigenous culture in the region.

The 12-storey structure marks the first new investment in student housing on the school grounds since 1982. The building will have 464 dorms and when completed will more than double BCIT’s student housing capacity.
Revamped CanExport Program Goes Virtual to Help SMEs Compete Abroad
Government of Canada
This program offers SMEs up to $75,000 in funding for specific types of expenses to explore new opportunities to sell their products and services outside of Canada. The new changes take into consideration the evolving activities businesses are investing in during the pandemic.
Sansin Launches Innovative WoodForce System to Create Barnboard Look & Vintage Weathered Effects While Offering Superior Wood Protection

The Sansin Corporation, a global leader in environmentally friendly, high-performance wood protection, has released its new WoodForce weathering system with Intermix colors that allow for creative, customizable looks and effects.
Against the Grain: How three B.C. forest companies have thrived during tough times for the industry
Ryan Stuart, BCBusiness

After a year of shutdowns, layoffs and curtailments, the province’s forestry industry is booming again, thanks to strong demand for lumber. But the roller-coaster ride will come back down eventually. Could small, independent producers be the ticket to a more stable future? In Terrace, Port Alberni and Castlegar, three companies show a way forward.

The sales numbers told Roger Keery that things were turning around at Skeena Sawmills. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Terrace mill had sold out its lumber production two months in advance. Its new $20-million wood pellet plant was exceeding expectations. And its wood chips were in demand to make medical protective equipment.